Open main menu is the online database of United States Congress legislative information. is a joint project of the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate and the Government Publishing Office.[1]

Congress was in beta in 2012, and beta testing ended in late 2013.[1] officially launched on July 5, 2016 superseding THOMAS,[2][3][4][5] the Library of Congress's original online database of congressional material, which had been launched in 1995.[6] The website was created by Library of Congress employees using the Solr open-source search platform.[3]

In fiscal year 2015, the Library of Congress reported 36 million page views for[1]


The resource is a comprehensive, Internet-accessible source of information on the activities of Congress, including:


  1. ^ a b c Adam Mazmanian, Library of Congress to retire Thomas, Federal Computer Week (April 28, 2016).
  2. ^ Weber, Andrew. "Introducing!". Law Library of Congress.
  3. ^ a b Emi Kolawole (September 19, 2012). " launches; THOMAS legislative database gets a face lift". Washington Post.
  4. ^ Howard, Alex. "Congress launches in beta, doesn't open the data - O'Reilly Radar". Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  5. ^ " | Rutgers University Libraries". Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  6. ^ David Gewirtz, So long, Inside the retirement of a classic Web 1.0 application, ZDNet (May 4, 2016).

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